1868 (undated) 11.5 x 9.5 in (29.21 x 24.13 cm)
This is a fine example of the 1868 Mitchell map of the Western Hemisphere or the Americas. Offering a fascinating snapshot of the world during a period of rapid globalization and discovery, this map includes North America, South America and most of Polynesia. Antarctica is only tenuously denoted, reflecting the primitive state of exploration in the region. This map also identifies various cities, towns, rivers, lakes, mountain passes and an assortment of additional topographical details. A smaller map near the bottom margin features the Arctic Zone on a Polar Projection. The bottom left and right quadrant also features the comparative lengths of the principal rivers and the comparative heights of the principal mountains respectively. This map is part of Mitchell's school atlas published in 1868.
Samuel Augustus Mitchell (March 20, 1792 - December 20, 1868) began his map publishing career in the early 1830s. Having worked as a school teacher, Mitchell was frustrated with the low quality and inaccuracy of school texts of the period. His first maps were an attempt to rectify this problem. In the next 20 years Mitchell would become the most prominent American map publisher of the mid-19th century. Mitchell worked with prominent engravers J. H. Young, H. S. Tanner, and H. N. Burroughs before attaining the full copyright on his maps in 1847. In 1849 Mitchell either partnered with or sold his plates to Thomas, Cowperthwait and Company who continued to publish the Mitchell's Universal Atlas. By about 1856 most of the Mitchell copyrights were acquired by Charles Desilver who continued to publish his maps, many with modified borders and color schemes, until Mitchell's son, Samuel Augustus Mitchell Junior, entered the picture. In 1859, S.A. Mitchell Jr. purchased most of the copyrights back from Desilver and, from 1860 on, published his own New General Atlas. The younger Mitchell became as prominent as his father and published atlases until 1887, when most of the copyrights were again sold and the Mitchell firm closed its doors for the final time.
Very good. Text on verso.